From Asia to Africa, China Promotes Its Vaccines to Win Friends

The Philippines will have quick access to a Chinese coronavirus vaccine. Latin American and Caribbean nations will receive $1 billion in loans to buy the medicine. Bangladesh will get over 100,000 free doses from a Chinese company. Never mind that China is still most likely months away from mass producing a vaccine that is safe…

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Veterinary college team IDs gene that drives ovarian cancer

ITHACA, N.Y. — High-grade serious ovarian carcinoma (HGSOC) is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States, yet little is known about the origins of this disease. Now, scientists at the College of Veterinary Medicine have collaborated on a study that pinpoints which specific genes drive — or delay — this deadly…

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Healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy could lead to healthier children, study finds

New research shows improving the lifestyle of women with obesity during pregnancy could mean long-term cardiovascular benefits for their children. The study, led by King’s College London and supported by the British Heart Foundation and Tommy’s charity, examined how an antenatal diet and physical activity intervention in pregnant women with obesity could positively influence the…

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Buschmann and Ross receive funding for capstone project design

Michael Buschmann, Department Chair and Professor, Bioengineering, and Shani Ross, Associate Chair/Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, have received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a senior-year capstone course and summer clinical immersion program for bioengineering students. The researchers aim to accomplish three things via this effort. First, they will establish a…

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COIVD-19: A barometer for social justice in New York City

In an editorial for the American Journal of Public Health, faculty from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) led by Dean Ayman El-Mohandes highlight the long-standing public health-related inequities among people of color in the United States—which have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—and call upon New York…

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Site of male sexual desire uncovered in brain

CHICAGO — The locus of male sexual desire has been uncovered in specific regions of brain tissue where a key gene named aromatase is present, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study in mice. The gene regulates sexual behavior in men, and thus can be targeted by drugs to either increase its function for low sexual…

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COVID ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage

CHICAGO — Severely ill COVID-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it’s easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. But that life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage in these vulnerable patients, reports a newly accepted study from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University Feinberg School of…

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Drugging the undruggable: Yale finds treatment path for muscular dystrophy

New haven, CT: Researchers at Yale have identified a possible treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disease for which there is currently no cure or treatment, by targeting an enzyme that had been considered «undruggable.» The finding appears in the Aug. 25 edition of Science Signaling. DMD is the most common form…

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